Greetings from Ketucky,
Management tools for bluegills such as catch and release, slot sizes, and daily limits are gaining popularity.
I've read several works on the type of hooks vs. recovery rates of released fish. THE SCIENCE OF CIRCLE HOOKS by Steve Quinn at www.in-fisherman.com/magazine/article/if0502_vvcirclehooks/index.html
is an excellent example. ALL ABOUT HOOKS can be linked from this article.
Since I have found very little work on BG and/or pan fish I would like your openions on which types of hooks you find cause the least harm to released fish.
I'll start with my experiences with J-hooks,
Barbless hooks are easier to remove with less damage to the mouth and time out of water.
Long shanks are easier to remove than short shanks.
The larger the hook, 6 or 8 vs. 10 or 12 the fewer small fish you catch and the fewer deep hookups with large fish.
Moving baits result in fewer deep hookups than stationary.
Please share your experiences, opinions, and preferences.